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Hyundai's upcoming compact-SUV is currently undergoing road tests across India and numerous spy pics of the same have already popped up on the internet. Rumoured to be the new Hyundai Styx, the first sub-four-metre SUV from the South Korean brand looks a lot similar to the Hyundai Creta.
Reports also suggest that the new Hyundai compact-SUV shares its platform with the Verna sedan — the winner of the prestigious ICOTY 2018 award. This makes it quite a promising product for the new fiscal year.
From the latest spy pic, the compact-SUV or the Hyundai Styx showcases traits of the brand's Fluidic design philosophy. The styling is noticeably similar to the Hyundai Creta; especially towards the roof section. In fact, in the camouflaged avatar, the highly-awaited Hyundai compact-SUV looks much like a shrunken Creta.
The Hyundai Creta is one of the best-selling SUVs in India and always makes its way to the list of top-selling cars in India. Currently in its second iteration, the Hyundai Creta with a range of equipment and engine choices. The Hyundai Styx is expected to borrow a lot from the Creta.
Hyundai India is the best-performing foreign brand on the Indian market, as per the overall car sales report. With only Maruti Suzuki in the lead, Hyundai has already made a statement in the budget, as well as the premium vehicle segment on the market. The Hyundai Styx will only improve it further.
Regarding specifications, some sources say that it will feature an India-specific 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine capable of making 120bhp. The diesel engine should be the 1.4-litre unit found on the Creta and Verna, which makes around 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. Transmission choices would likely be a six-speed manual or the brand's SmartAuto AMT unit (unlike the torque converter transmission seen on various other Hyundai models).
It is too early to comment on the price of the Hyundai compact-SUV. However, we expect it to be in the range of Rs 7 – 11 lakh ex-showroom. This will make it a strong rival to the segment-leading Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and also the upcoming Mahindra XUV 300.
Thoughts On The New Hyundai Compact-SUV
The demand for sub-four-metre compact-SUVs has been high on the Indian market, ever since the segment was initially introduced a few years back. Hyundai is one of the very few manufacturers that has not introduced a product in that segment, but not for long.